Monday, May 16, 2011

Mon., 5/16/11 Devotion (Num. 25:1-2)

Today's encouragement comes from Numbers 25:1 & 2, where we read these words:

"Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to com-
mit harlotry with the women of Moab. They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods."

The Bible teaches that immorality and idolatry are two sides of the same (rotten) coin. Every adulterer is an idolator; and every idolator is an adulterer. In v. 1 (above), the people "commit harlotry"; and in v. 2, they "bowed down to their gods." The general cultures of the western world and that of the religions of pagans are both fraught with idolatry and immorality. Hollywood and Osama B-L have this in common: they both love pornography and false gods.

Let the true church be careful to guard against both of these foes of the soul. Immorality robs us of God; and idolatry causes us to worship dirt. Sincere Christians have the royal prerogative of living in dignity and honor: loving and worshipping the Holy Trinity of the true reli-

[Puritan quote of the day: "God is a free agent, to work where He will, and when He will, and to reveal His love how He will, and when He will, and to whom He will." --Thomas Brooks, in, "Heaven on Earth"]